“a great place to live, work, and play”
If you want to live the good life with a small-town feel in a place that’s near enough for a commute to Chicago, consider Barrington, Illinois. Barrington lies about 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Part of Barrington is located in Cook County and a portion is in Lake County.
The village of Barrington is a country-suburban area with substantial green space, including forest preserves and wetlands. The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized this charming village as a Tree City USA every year for over 30 years – the village prides itself on its care for the environment.
The village has the largest residential historic district in Illinois, including a homey downtown area with neighborhoods surrounding it. With five shopping districts, including 45 restaurants and over 100 retailers, parks galore, the Barrington Historical Society, Ice House Mall, Barrington Public Library, and the historic Catlow Theatre, there’s always plenty to do for children and adults alike.
Barrington also has an avid biking and fitness community including a community pool, a waterpark, tennis courts, and two golf courses.
Average high temperature in January is about 31° F with an average low of 17°. In July, the average high reaches about 84°, while the average low is about 64°. Average precipitation is about 34”, with summers being wetter than winters.
The People of Barrington
Barrington is nearly 5 miles square with a population of about 10,000 residents, according to data in 2014. That’s an increase of about 2% since 2000, so this village is growing. Barrington’s residents have a median age of 44 years of age— 46% male and 54% female.
Barrington’s annual household income is about $125,900, gathered from data in 2016. This rose from about $86,000 16 years before. Barrington is included with nine other surrounding suburbs in the USA’s seventh wealthiest ZIP code: 60010.
Housing in Barrington
There are about 4,100 housing units in the village, a full 70% owner-occupied with about 9.6% vacant in 2014. The median home value was about $463,000 in 2014.
Crime in Barrington
The crime rate in Barrington has been decreasing for the past decade, going from a crime rate index of 106.6 in 2002 to 61.9 in 2016. For comparison, the average US crime rate is 270, according to city-data.com.
Barrington was infamous in November 1934, when Baby Face Nelson and his wife, Helen Gillis had a shootout with FBI agents there. Nelson succumbed to his injuries.
Schools in Barrington
Arnett C. Lines Elementary School, Grades K-5, about 450 students
Roslyn Road Elementary School, Grades K-5, about 400 students
Grove Avenue School, Grades K-5, about 550 students
Barbara B Rose Elementary School, Grades K-5, about 400 students
Countryside School, Grades K-5, about 400 students
Barrington Middle School- Station Campus, Grades 6-8, about 1,000 students
Barrington Middle School- Prairie Campus, Grades 6-8, about 1,100 students
Barrington High School, Grades 9-12, about 3,000 students and boasts an average 97% graduation rate
The village of Barrington’s is home to over 700 businesses. Its ten largest employers include:
• Barrington School District 220
• GE Healthcare Financial Systems
• Motorwerks of Barrington
• Barrington Transportation
• Wickstrom Ford and Lincoln
Barrington is also home to the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, a premier research facility for sports nutrition.
Events in Barrington
Notable Barrington events last year included:
January: a backyard bird identification and bird watching event, held mid-January
February: Barrington High School plays and community theatre
March: Lake County Restaurant Week, and the annual Barrington Celtic Fest
April: Helicopter Easter Egg Drop and Easter Bunny home visits around Easter
April: Barrington High School Annual Art Exhibition and Retrospective
May: Annual Barrington Art Festival, held Memorial Day weekend,
June: Cynthia Rowley Days, Barrington Country Garden Fair and the start of Barrington’s Thursday Farmer’s Markets (continuing until the end of October)
July: 4th of July Brat Fest, Barrington’s Brew Fest
August: Barrington High School Play, Annual Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale,
September: Smart Farm to Table Dinner
October: Barrington Dance Ensemble Fall Gala, Scarecrow Fest, Oaktober Fest, Festival Chorus Wine Tasting
November: Barrington Giving Days (continuing throughout November and December), Barrington Dance Ensemble Presents, Barrington’s Holiday Festival
December: Tree Lighting Ceremony
For a complete calendar of Barrington’s upcoming events, click on http://www.barrington-il.gov/whats-new/advanced-components/event-calendar-view
Whether you’re single, a married couple just starting out, married with a few kids to raise, or empty nesters, Barrington is a great community to investigate. Enjoy living, working, or playing in this exciting village.